Texas Oil Well Fire Destroys Trucks Worth $7M


A fire outside an oil well on the Atascosa/Frio County line Sunday afternoon destroyed seven trucks, at a cost close to $7 million, Atascosa County Fire Marshall Chuck Garris said.

Garris said the fire started shortly after 3:30 pm at a well on the R.H. Pickens "B" Lease, which is near County Road 350 and Hindes Road.

Workers reported seeing a flash, then the fire spreading quickly down a line of trucks used in the fracturing or "fracking" process, which removes shale oil and natural gas from deep deposits.

Garris said the trucks are considered a total loss, but no one was injured during the fire.

The fire was the second at a South Texas oil well in the last three days.

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